Autism Treatment – How to Successfully Work With a Biomedical Autism Doctor

Posted on 07 November 2011 by admin

Autism Treatment

These suggestions have been acquired over the years in my practice and have helped me assist my patients greatly. Also, in talking with many other doctors working with families of a loved one with autism these recommendations often hold true as well.

Autism Treatment Journal – keep a running journal of your observations and timeline of therapies you are implementing.

Keep a spreadsheet of therapies.

Keep dates of when new therapies such as when supplements were started, stopped, and what reactions you see (good or bad).

Recognize your child’s patterns – situational, seasonal, time of day.

If you add new therapies new problems occur, then cut out the therapies implemented after the reactions occurred, then reintroduce each therapy one at a time and slowly to isolate which one was the potential culprit. Notify your doctor of these changes.

You will need to become a detective of your child’s particular autism condition.

You know your child better than anyone – be involved 100%.

You are ultimately responsible for your own health and your child’s health care, and by keeping an Autism Treatment Journal, you can help your doctors to treat your child effectively. Be prepared for your consultations with questions, concerns, and important topics you want to cover. Ask whether your practitioner receives faxes, emails, or voice mail regarding questions.Send these to your doctor via fax or email prior to your consult.
Be prepared to pay for extra time. Most doctors will answer questions that are related to a new therapy introduced or quick follow-up questions to a recent visit.

Partnering with your practitioner also means having a relationship with the office staff. Treat them with respect. They are there to help. Do not assume your doctor remembers every detail about your child – keep them informed. If you change supplements by either removing or adding them, let your practitioner know in writing via fax or email. This way they can keep a copy for their records.

Come prepared with your latest observations about your child. Let your doctor know what different therapies, testing, etc. you want to explore. Keep a running list of supplements, medications, calendar of therapy implementation and observed reactions to therapies.

Let your doctor know when you have sent off tests or if you are having problems getting tests samples collected. Some offices track follow-up appointments based on incoming tests results.

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